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in the ocean levels made the damage worse when hurricane sandy hit the east coast and took so much away from us. the big question is the future, of course, and a new kind of normal for all of those living along the water. it is where we begin tonight, our chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson has more on what we learned. >> reporter: well, the information comes from a group of international scientists, brian and shows we're living climate changes in real time. this july was the warmest month on record. and tonight, there is new information that reveals just how fast the world's ice sheets are melting. the numbers are staggering. 344 billion metric tons of ice melting in antarctica and greenland a year. the weight of more than a million empire state buildings, the information was published in the journal, from researchers who looked at the data gathered over the last 20 years. creating what they say is the most accurate picture of melting. in antarctica, the east region is gaining ice, but it is not enough to make up for the loss on the rest of the continent. in greenland, it
sandy hit. the others are the local businesses, we're on one street with the local businesses. the owners say nearly 1150 businesses in the area could end up never re-opening, that is not just because of the damage, and most of them can't open for the season. these are mom and pop shops that really need to open to survive. this is what many argued in front of congress today, begging the congressional leaders to give them the funding they need to help the areas get back on their feet, brian. >> katy tur in the rockaways, thank you. where it is still a struggle. >>> and still ahead for us, trouble in paradise. what our cameras have found on the beaches of hawaii. the debris that continues to pile up from the tsunami in japan so long ago. >>> and later, we have been told to expect a big announcement about what the rover has discovered on mars. what could it be. >>> the tsunami in japan was almost two years ago, and yet wait until you see the pictures of what we found on the beach in hawaii. the amount of debris washing ashore, and there is more coming right behind it. nbc's migue
, new york, are sure glad to have him around. he is giving out bills to victims of sandy. he wants to keep his identity a secret. so no photos of his face. we do know this, he is a businessman from kansas city who plans to give out $100,000 to those who have been hit so hard by this storm. >>> and it has been a long haul for the people of staten island, so many are still suffering. they felt the city was initially slow to send in help and relief supplies. so many are still so desperate that tempers are boiling over. nbc's katy tur is there, good evening. >>eporter: gd ening, t habeth, like they're still being ignored. that is why the emotions came to a head. last night more than a thousand people jammed this high school gym to get answers, what they got was a lot more frustration. >> there is a lot of confusion, but a lot of statements and misstatements are being made. >> reporter: officials from the city and fema had organized this town hall in the hopes of easing residents' mounting concerns. instead, they got an earful when the people lashed out. >> we never want to go through t
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